Sometimes institutional policy, granting agency policy, the terms of our grant contract, OMB rules, and federal legislation may conflict. In that case, the “highest power” wins. That is, OMB rules overrule anything that may be in your grant agreement.
In all cases, the most conservative rule applies. For example, if the federal mileage reimbursement rate is .51, however, MWSU allows only.31, then reimbursement will be at .31.
If a cost is allowed by OMB, but Western policy does not allow it, or does not see it as reasonable, then it is not allowable to be charged to a grant.
In all cases where it is unclear, the Grants Officer reserves the right to make the final decision – which will be based on the most conservative interpretation possible.